Show Notes, October 20th, 2014

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‘Simpsons World’ To Launch Tomorrow With On-Demand Access to Every Episode of ‘The Simpsons’ Just when the effects of FXX’s “Every. Simpsons. Ever.” marathon were beginning to wear off, just when you were finally… Read More
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The Doom Of The Double Irish, And How It Affects You Technology companies currently using a tax scheme known as the Double Irish will soon have to look for other ways to reduce their tax burdens. Starting next year, the controversial tax reduction measure will no longer work for new companies. Companies already using it — including tech giants Google, Apple, Adobe, Amazon and Oracle — will have until 2020 to stop. How the Double Irish Works Companie
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Google to Fight Piracy by Modifying Search Algorithms Google has updated its search engine algorithms in an attempt to restrict piracy websites appearing high in its search rankings.
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Gmail 5.0 for Android has a brand new look and supports Outlook and Yahoo Google has been visually refreshing the look of a number of its Android apps recently, and now it looks as though Gmail is next on the list. Along with the aesthetic overhaul, the latest update to Gmail for Android also contains a few notable feature additions as well.
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Uber gets a failing grade from Better Business Bureau, but taxis do too The latest scuffle between Uber and the taxi industry is, as you might expect, a bit one-sided. The Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association (TLPA) trade group recently issued a press release stating that the Better Business Bureau has given…
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Fast-charging batteries will power your gadgets for 20 years Fast-charging batteries are all nice and good, but the lifespan matters, too — why should you have to replace power packs (or entire devices) every couple of years ? You may not have to give up performance or longevity if researchers at Nanyang…
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Controlling your Android phone with one button isn’t as great as it sounds The Pressy one-button Android controller found an eager audience when it debuted on Kickstarter in August 2013, overshooting its original funding goal of $40,000 to the tune of almost $700,000. Inserting the Pressy into an Android phone adds an extra…
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Luxy dating app doesn’t care about poor people Out of the many different app categories which exist today, dating is certainly among the most popular. Whether it’s Tinder, Grindr, OkCupid or Siren, there’s definitely something for everyone. And now that “everyone” includes arrogant, rich…
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Doctors report a case of Google Glass addiction You’ve probably heard of Google Glass owners who seemingly can’t put the wearable down, but there’s now at least one reported instance of genuinely addictive behavior. Doctors at Naval Medical Center San Diego claim that a 31-year-old Navy serviceman…
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Fitbit’s new wearable looks like a watch, crams in GPS and a heart rate monitor It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new Fitbit product, but according to a leak obtained at The Verge, that’s because the company’s been working on something a little special. The Fitbit Surge is a “fitness superwatch” that houses two must-haves for…
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UK wants tougher prison sentences for internet trolls Online harassers in the UK may soon face much harsher consequences for their scare tactics. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling tells the Daily Mail that a newly proposed measure will let magistrates send cases of internet abuse and threats to crown…
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‘Doctor Who’ will soon teach kids how to code The BBC is tapping everyone’s favorite time-traveling doctor to help get kids into coding. The broadcaster is launching The Doctor and the Dalek, a Doctor Who-themed game that features a number of puzzles designed to instill the fundamentals of…
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Facebook wants the DEA to promise that it won’t create fake accounts Remember how the DEA got caught impersonating a woman on Facebook in an attempt to catch criminals who contacted her? Yeah, Facebook isn’t at all pleased. It just sent a letter asking the anti-drug agency to promise that it won’t create fake accounts…
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Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service launching in New York today Following rumors last month that Amazon is planning an East Coast expansion of Amazon Fresh, the company has confirmed the move by announcing it is bringing the grocery delivery service to New York. The service will be available in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope starting today.
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The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Internet Freedom, Here’s How ACTA and SOPA might be dead and buried, but the specter of draconian copyright law still lingers, as the leak of the latest draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty shows us. The treaty – currently being written and developed by twelve countries – could soon see ISPs liable for the activities of their users, extended copyright terms, and the act of circumventing Digital Rights Management (DRM
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Google Scholar is 10 years old An article by Steven Levy about the guy who founded the service, and it’s history: Making the world’s problem solvers 10% more efficient: Ten years after a Google engineer empowered researchers with Scholar, he can’t bear to leave it “Information had very strong geographical boundaries,” he says. “I come from a place where those boundaries are very, very apparent. They are in your face. To be able
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Use Google Sheets as a Multilingual Chat Translator Communicating with someone who speaks and writes in another language isn’t the easiest task, but this Google Sheet incorporates Google Translate so you can have a real-time chat conversation with anybody in the world.Over at the tech blog Digital Inspiration, Amit Agarwal created a Google Sheet that’s powered by Google Scripts, and translates all language pairs that are supported by Google Transla
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Google adds new local multiplayer features for Android games While local multiplayer sessions are possible, Android multiplayer gaming is for the most part turn-based or done via remote play. Google is looking to change that with some new functionality being added to the Play Games Android gaming framework.
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How to Boost Your Phishing Detection Skills and Avoid Email Scams Phishing scams—the ones that try to get you to provide private information by masquerading as a legitimate company—can be easy to uncover with a skeptical eye, but some can easily get you when you let your guard down for just a second. Here’s how you can boost your phishing detection skills and protect yourself during those times when you’re not at full attention. Want to test your phishing IQ an
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New York Attorney General says most Airbnb rentals in NYC violate the law The legality of Airbnb rentals in New York City have been under fire for awhile now, and the city just fired another volley: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has released a report titled “Airbnb in the city,” and it’s not particularly…
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Google’s plan for super-fast internet: tap unused airwaves One of the problems with a tech company publicly testing anything is that you can start to hope. Hope, almost inevitably, leads to despair, and from despair it’s only a short hop to the dark side, or something. With that in mind, we’d suggest you try…
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Virgin America’s nearly six-hour-long commercial about flying is absolutely brilliant Frequent fliers will no doubt relate to at least some of Virgin America’s latest commercial. I use the word “some” because the “commercial” is nearly six hours long and filled with virtually ever boring, strange and annoying situation you could ever experience during a flight… and then some. …
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Tiny Anonabox Draws Support, Criticism, $600,000 The mini-router, which may provide easier access to online anonymity, has caused a gigantic splash
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Archos is launching a GearVR competitor that costs just $40 We may not know how much GearVR will cost, but we’re reasonably sure that Archos is already trying to undercut Samsung and Oculus head-mounted effort. The French company is busting out the wittily-named Archos VR Headset, a Rift-like device that’s…
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Game Tin: Handheld Games with no Batteries Anyone who grew up with a Game Boy knows how well they sucked through AA batteries. [Nick]‘s Game Tin console solves this problem by running of an ultracapacitor charged by solar power. The console is based on a EFM32 microcontroller: an ARM device designed for low power applications. The 128×128 pixel monochrome memory display provides low-fi graphics while maintaining low power consumption. The
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See Your Folks Estimates How Many More Times You’ll See Your Parents This is perhaps the most morbid, frightening thing I have ever seen or posted, but it’s important. See Your Folks will scare you into visiting your parents more by estimating how many times you have left to see them before they die.The site asks you which country your parents live in, how many times a year you visit them, and your parents’ ages.Then, based on the World Health Organization’s life e
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Everything You Need to Know About OS X Yosemite in Under Three Minutes Yosemite is out right now and there are a lot of new features in this update, so let’s take a look at everything to help you get started.A New Interface Yosemite looks pretty different from Mavericks. Most of the menus are now translucent, buttons work a little differently, and it’s a bit more colorful overall. For the most part, this is just aesthetics though. If you’ve used OS X before, you’ll b
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Teens Love Google Voice Search A new study from Google shows that 55 percent of teens and 41 percent of adults use voice search more than once a day.
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10 Companies Hiring Like Crazy in October Need a new job? We’ve got you covered.
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Fairphone’s £250 ‘ethical’ smartphone comes to the UK While big smartphone makers, like Apple, are actively trying to reduce the amount of conflict materials used in their devices, others pride themselves on being 100 percent ethical. Fairphone is a prime example. After a successful crowdfunding…
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HBO Will Offer Stand-Alone Streaming Service Next Year Are you borrowing your mom’s neighbor’s son’s HBO Go password so you can tune in to Girls reruns? (Oh that Hannah, will she ever get it together?) Well, you will soon have the option to stream their shows on your own dime, as they announced today they’ll offer a stand-alone streaming service come next year. Just in time for True Detective 2. [ more › ]
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race HughPickens.com writes: Michelle Cottle reports in The Atlantic that today, spouses have easy access to an array of sophisticated spy software that record every keystroke; compile detailed logs of calls, texts, and video chats; that track a phone’s location in real time; recover deleted messages from all manner of devices (without having to touch said devices); and that turn phones into wiretappin
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NY state says entities involved in Bitcoin-related software development don’t need BitLicense Bitcoin software developers, whether individuals or companies, can operate in New York without any license, while banks and other financial institutions will require regulation, according to state Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky.
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Apple and Facebook will cover the cost of freezing employees’ eggs Apparently, Facebook has been offering to cover the costs of egg freezing for female employees since January 1st this year, and you know who’s following in its footsteps? Apple. The iPhone-maker plans to offer the same service to its employees…
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Google teams with researchers to store and crunch cancer data Healthcare is the new black, and Google has waded into the fray with projects like Helpouts and smart contacts. Now, its Research at Google arm will team with a think tank called the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) to create the Cancer Genomics…
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Computer Conservation Society turns 25 Some major milestones along the way.
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24 hours with virtual girlfriend in China When I first came across a “virtual lover” service on e-commerce site Taobao, China’s version of Amazon, I thought it was hype.
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Potential Shows the Battery Level of Your Other Devices on Your Phone Android/Windows: Potential is a dashboard of battery levels on all your devices. You can view it anywhere, set alerts for levels, and even toggle settings to save battery.The app currently works on Android and Windows, with iOS and Mac on the way. Sign in, name your device, and it shows up in Potential’s dashboard. You can add two devices in the free version, or add unlimited gadgets by unlocking
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Bloomingdale’s Equips Fitting Rooms with iPads for Smart Shopping Parent company Macy’s is testing tablets and new apps to take the pain out of the retail experience while bringing up sales
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Hundreds of Alleged Dropbox Passwords Leaked, Change Yours Now An anonymous hacker is claiming to have leaked a few hundred usernames and passwords for Dropbox accounts. It’s unclear where they actually came from (and if they really are Dropbox credentials), but either way: it’s time to change your passwords.The leak, which contains hundreds of accounts with email addresses starting with the letter “b”, come from an anonymous user taking Bitcoin don
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity Lucas123 writes: The Anonabox router project, currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign, has surpassed its original $7,000 crowdfunding goal by more than 10 times in just one day. The open source router device connects via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable making it harder for your IP address to be seen. While there have been other Tor-enabled routers in the past, they aren’t small enough to
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Google Express shopping service grows: new cities, partners and Prime-style subscriptions Google started experimenting with same-day deliveries early last year, but now it’s getting serious. Google Express (shortened from Google Shopping Express) is expanding its service areas from just the Bay Area, parts of NYC and Los Angeles — now…
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Abu Dhabi: camel carries Google Street View camera Google put a camera on a camel to capture a “Street View” of Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Dessert. Read the rest
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Gamergate as a hate-group Jennifer Allaway is a social scientist who studies diversity in games. In the wake of being targeted by Gamergate trolls, she has written an analysis of the movement as a hate group, showing that it satisfies the formal requirements for such. Read the rest
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Robotic Mouse Gives Indoor Cats a Workout A start-up has unveiled a working prototype to give fat, lazy, and otherwise bored cats a bit of hunting action
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A Clever Cardboard Computer Back in the 80’s when computers were fairly expensive and out of reach for most people, [David Hagelbarger] of Bell Laboratories designed CARDIAC: CARDboard Illustrative Aid to Computation. CARDIAC was designed as an educational tool to give people without access to computers the ability to learn how computers work. The CARDIAC computer is a single-accumulator single-address machine, which means
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Xbox 360 RRoD X-Clamp Fix – Does It Work? The Red Ring of Death fault on Xbox 360 devices hasn’t gone away. Second hand consoles built before 2009 and bought on eBay or pawn shops or even those that got put at the back of a cupboard in favour of a PS3 still have the problem. But it gets worse: later devices including those with the remodelled slimmer cases, are also susceptible (although the RROD itself has gone, replaced with a single re
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Facebook Is Bringing WiFi To The Masses With Drones Almost two thirds of the world’s population lack Internet access.

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